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AJWS currently supports over 110 projects in 10 countries throughout the Americas. AJWS grantmaking in the region funds organizations that are defending the rights of marginalized groups and working toward justice and equality; promoting access to education, employment and healthcare, and responding to the needs of people during times of emergency.
In the Andean region – Bolivia, Colombia and Peru – AJWS focuses on civil society building, particularly among indigenous communities and people of Afro-descent; peace building, conflict resolution, and coexistence; reproductive health, and support for income generation activities that promote the development of newly empowered communities.
In Mesoamerica – El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Southern Mexico and Nicaragua – AJWS focuses on sustainable livelihoods and development by supporting alternative models for rural development based on sustainable agriculture, promotion of land rights, and community mobilization around trade.
In the Caribbean – Haiti and the Dominican Republic – AJWS partners primarily with community-based organizations run by the organized poor, acknowledging that development and lasting peace on the island will only take root in conjunction with serious efforts to build civil society and foster economic and social opportunities.
Following the earthquake in Haiti, AJWS grantees mobilized caravans to bring aid from the Dominican Republic to Haiti. They were among the first responders bringing aid across the border into Port-au-Prince and neighboring affected areas.